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1997-05-19 RTK-001
Railtrack plc


Multi-million pound regeneration bonanza for Yorkshire and Humberside stations

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Railtrack plc

Multi-million pound regeneration bonanza for Yorkshire and Humberside stations

19 May 1997
source Railtrack plc
type Press release

note (figures illegible in originating copy)

More than ? million will be invested in local railway stations during the next year as part of a huge national regeneration programme unveiled by Railtrack today (TUES, MAY 20). And there will be more to follow.

Thirty-one stations in the Railtrack London North Eastern zone, including 21 in Yorkshire and Humberside, will benefit from a variety of improvements during the first phase of the five-year programme.

Repair and improvement work will be undertaken at a total of 2,500 stations nation-wide at a cost of over ?billion between now and the end of 2001.

The station regeneration project was announced to coincide with Railtrack? first anniversary as a private company.

The programme will include repairs to damaged buildings, roofs and footbridges, improved passenger information systems and enhanced station facilities to provide a more pleasant environment for customers.

Specific plans for each station were drawn up following detailed surveys which highlighted areas in need of attention. Project teams have now been employed to implement maintenance, renewal and backlog works along with commercial developments to be undertaken in partnership with the train operators.

Major new projects in Yorkshire include works at York and Batley stations.

At York, Railtrack will be spending more than ?0,000 in the next year on a range of maintenance and improvement works. These will include the restoration of the station? ornate historic platform columns.

In addition, Railtrack will be working with the train operating company, GNER, to provide several major enhancements, including a new First Class passenger lounge, improvements to the standard waiting lounge, improved toilets and the installation of automatic doors at the station entrance. The station car park will also be extended to provide 100 additional spaces.

Railtrack will also be spending ?0,000 at Batley to refurbish platforms, restore and re-roof the main station building, erect new subway canopies and install improved lighting.

The work will complement major improvements to the station? frontage undertaken by Kirklees Council as part of City Challenge.

West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (Metro) also plans to provide new waiting shelters and CCTV security cameras at Batley station.

Work at York has already begun while contractors will be on site at Batley early next year.

Railtrack will be working closely with the local train operators to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum at every station where work is taking place.

Speaking at the national launch of the station regeneration programme at Paddington station in London, Railtrack chairman Sir Robert Horton spoke of the company? long term commitment and vision for railway stations throughout the country.

"With privatisation freeing the company from public sector constraints on spending, Railtrack is set to achieve its vision of working with its industry partners, customers and suppliers to deliver the best commercial railway in the world," he said.

"Railtrack? entry into the private sector was a major turning point for Britain? railways. We will not only maintain the network but will also upgrade and renew the infrastructure to improve train performance.

"When you think that we own over 32,000 kilometres of track, 40,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and 9,000 level crossings - not to mention the stations themselves - our regeneration programme represents a significant investment.

"Railtrack is committed to playing a pivotal role in building a modern, safe and efficient railway network. Ten years from now, Britain will have a railway that is second to none - both in the quality of its infrastructure and in the dependability of its train services."


Batley Platform refurbishments, new subway canopies and building restoration ?0k
Bingley Refurbishment of awnings, staircase renewal, footbridge improvements ?0k
Bridlington Platform and canopy refurbishment, building and footbridge repairs ?6m
Cleethorpes Platform refurbishment, building restoration and new lighting ?
Conisborough Platform refurbishment, footbridge repairs ?0k
Dewsbury Platform canopy and footbridge cladding repairs ?0k
Dronfield Platform refurbishment and footbridge repairs ?0k
Elsecar Platform refurbishment, fencing and shelter repairs ?0k
Filey Platform refurbishment, building and footbridge repairs ?0k
Fitzwilliam Platform and shelter repairs ?6k
Goole Waiting room and platform refurbishment ?k
Goxhill Platform refurbishment, new lighting and footpaths ?0k
Harrogate Platform refurbishment and car park improvements ?0k
Hebden Bridge Awnings refurbishment, building and roof repairs, new subway lighting, platform works ?0k
Huddersfield Platform refurbishment and building repairs ?0k
Hull Paragon Platform and canopy refurbishment plus roof repairs ?
Ilkley Platform and canopy refurbishment ?0k
Pannal Car park improvements and platform refurbishment ?0k
Scarborough Car park, footpath and lighting improvements ?
Shipley New subway canopies, waiting shelter and platform ?6m
Skipton Platform resurfacing and subway refurbishment ?0k
Wakefield Kirkgate Subway, canopies and building repairs ?6m
York Restoration of ornate platform columns, electrical and lighting works ?0k

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